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Charles County, Maryland

About Us

About Us

Anthony B. "Tony" Covington is the State's Attorney for Charles County, Maryland. 

Tony grew up in Anne Arundel County, graduating from Arundel High School in 1979. He went on to graduate from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC in 1983. Tony graduated top in his class and was honored by numerous organizations, including Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges and the National Dean's List. The honor that Tony is most proud of, however, is being named a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, just as his father had been upon his graduation from Morgan State University a generation before. Upon graduation, Tony accepted his Commission as an Officer in the United States Air Force. He served our great country for eight years and was well-decorated as an Intelligence Officer. Tony voluntarily separated from the Air Force in 1991.

While in the Air Force, Tony attended and graduated from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Upon his separation from the Air Force, Tony was sworn in as an Assistant State's Attorney in Prince George's County, MD. After eighteen months, Tony was asked to join the Charles County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO), where he prosecuted all types of crime until 1997. In 1997, Tony went into the private practice, during which he litigated cases in every jurisdiction in Maryland and many states throughout the country, including New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

In 2003, after six years of success in private practice, Tony returned to the CCSAO to become Deputy State's Attorney. Tony served the citizens of Charles County in that capacity until January of 2011, trying virtually all of the most serious and infamous cases in the county. In 2010, upon his predecessor's retirement, Tony ran for and was elected State's Attorney in November of that year. On January 3, 2011, Tony made history when he became the first African-American to take the oath of office as the State's Attorney for Charles County, Maryland.


Karen R. Piper Mitchell, Deputy State's Attorney, joined the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1999. She graduated from Duke University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Constance B. Kopelman, Assistant State's Attorney, received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, she clerked for a summer in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tiffany L. Campbell, Assistant State's Attorney, has been with the office since September 2007. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003, and graduated from the University of Baltimore, School of Law in May 2006. Prior to joining the State's Attorney's Office, Ms. Campbell clerked for the Honorable Michael P. Whalen, Prince George's County Circuit Court. 

John A. Stackhouse, Assistant State's Attorney, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in 1989 and is a 1994 graduate of St. Thomas School of Law in Miami, Florida. While in law school, he interned at the Broward County, Florida State's Attorney’s Office. Following law school, he served as an in-house commercial litigator for a Fortune 50 telecommunications company before working as a partner in a National Law Journal 250 law firm. He joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2008.

Francis J. Granados, Assistant State's Attorney, was raised in Charles County. After completing grade school at St. Mary's Bryantown, he attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Mr. Granados received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2005 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He went on to attend the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. While in law school, Mr. Granados completed internships at the Kent County Prosecutor's Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also participated in moot court, trial team, and served as a Managing Editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Mr. Granados graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 and was appointed to the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. He joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in May of 2008. 

Jeremy B. Widder, Assistant State's Attorney, joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2009.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2006. Mr. Widder graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009 and was the recipient of the Greenfield Trial Practice Award. He was also a member of the Mock Trial team in both college and law school. While in law school, he spent two summers clerking in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Jonathan P. Beattie, Assistant State's Attorney, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor with Honors from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Prior to joining the Charles County State's Attorney's Office, he clerked for the Honorable Steven G. Chappelle in the Circuit Court for Charles County. He joined the State's Attorney's Office in January 2011.

Katrine H. Bakhtiary, Assistant State's Attorney, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore, School of Law in 2010, and then served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Amy J. Bragunier, Administrative Judge, Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland. Ms. Bakhtiary joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2011.
 
Sarah K. Freeman, Assistant State's Attorney, graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in 1999. She graduated from Nova Southeastern Law School in 2003. From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Freeman was a criminal prosecutor in the State of Florida for the Fourth and Ninth Judicial Circuits.
 
Paul A. Halliday, Assistant State's Attorney, graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2011 where he earned Bachelor's degrees in both History and Criminology. He then received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Mr. Halliday was a member of the mock trial team in both college and law school. He joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2014.
 
Jessica R. Keefer, Assistant State's Attorney, received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University in 2009. She received her J.D. from The George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., in 2014. While in law school, Ms. Vining completed internships with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon and various divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice. She joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2014.
 
Andre' C. Bruce, Assistant State's Attorney, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  While in law school, Mr. Bruce spent two summers interning at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was also employed for 2 years prior to joining the State's Attorney's Office. 
 
Kallie D. Durkit, Assistant State's Attorney, graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2013, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, in History, Political Science and American Cultural Studies. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016. While in law school, Ms. Durkit completed internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Alaska, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. She joined the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office in 2016.
 
Laura C. Donnelly, Assistant State's Attorney, graduated from Texas Christian University in 2013, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and competed in moot court. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016. While in law school, Ms. Donnelly completed internships with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, and served in the Georgetown Law Domestic Violence Clinic. She joined the Charles County State's Attorney's Office in 2016.